Laura Perrotti, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, moved to northern New Jersey at an early age.
She has been writing poetry and short stories since childhood and has culminated her literary skills
in her latest work, Dark Lord, the first in a series of full-length novels.
In 1999 Laura teamed up with Florida author, David Rountree, focusing her skills toward
public entertainment, creative writing, and editing. She co-authored "Dark Lord" with David in 2000, and after 911, Laura finally consented to marrying David. On June 23, 2004, their son, Ian David was born. As for her influences, she says:
"I have been writing since I was a very young child. Almost since the time I could read, I expressed
many of my thoughts through the written word, whether through stories or poetry. My biggest inspiration, however,
came from both my mother and her father."
"Joseph Borusso, my grandfather, was an Italian immigrant, who stowed away on a ship in order to
come to the United States. He put his experiences in writing, and, I had the privilege to read his
work when I was in high school. It was through his description of what he had endured to come to
this country he loved so dearly that I realized I inherited my gift from him--to tell a story and share
it with others."
"Likewise, I began to take an interest in my mother's writing. She had always dabbled with poetry,
but it was not until I became an adult that I sat down to read her words and understand her feelings as
expressed in her writing."
"All of this time, I couldn't understand why I liked to write everythingdown, whether I felt sad or
happy. As a child, writing was often how I communicated with my mother, because sometimes I
just didn't have the right words to verbalize what I truly felt. So I would write a story, expressing
my feelings, and, I would leave it for her to find. I think that is why she understood me so well.
We shared a similarity in expressing ourselves and through this similarity we have come to
understand one another."